The collect for the Eucharistic Liturgy for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time is remarkable and powerful. It provides an opportunity for continual reflection.

“O God who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy…” God’s power is shown above all by pardoning and showing mercy! I have never thought of God’s power as shown above all, first and foremost, by the loving gentleness of forgiveness and mercy. And yet, what is more characteristic of God.

Jesus empties Himself to become fully human to suffer and die for us. This Good News is so overpowering. All I can do is to say Thank You.

God bless and keep you.